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diffident

[dif-i-duh nt] /ˈdɪf ɪ dənt/
adjective
1.
lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy.
2.
restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc.
3.
Archaic. distrustful.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin diffīdent- (stem of diffīdēns mistrusting, despairing present participle of diffīdere), equivalent to dif- dif- + fīd- trust + -ent- -ent
Related forms
diffidently, adverb
diffidentness, noun
nondiffident, adjective
nondiffidently, adverb
undiffident, adjective
undiffidently, adverb
Synonyms
1. self-conscious, self-effacing, abashed, embarrassed, modest, unassuming, unconfident. See shy1 .
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  • Awaiting, trembling, our supplicants diffidently raised their heads in cautious greeting.
  • He peers diffidently through the windows, perhaps wondering where all the adoring crowds are.
British Dictionary definitions for diffidently

diffident

/ˈdɪfɪdənt/
adjective
1.
lacking self-confidence; timid; shy
Derived Forms
diffidence, noun
diffidently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin diffīdere to distrust, from dis- not + fīdere to trust
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Word Origin and History for diffidently

diffident

adj.

mid-15c., from Latin diffidentem (nominative diffidens), present participle of diffidere (see diffidence). Related: Diffidently.

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